- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Authentic; Annotated edition edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932805362
- ISBN-13: 978-1932805369
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
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"He encourages readers to recapture, cultivate and embrace a sense of 'childlike wonder of the world around us, including the world of the Bible.' ... It rekindled my personal desire to know and value the words of the world's most remarkable book." -- J. Carl Laney, Western Seminary
"Learning to read the Bible better is largely a matter of refining the best questions to ask of the text."
About the Author
Dr. Ray Lubeck is a Professor of Bible at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. With a BS from Multnomah Bible College, an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a DTh from the University of South Africa, and post-graduate studies at Jerusalem University College. Dr. Lubeck's goal in this book is both to make Bible interpretation inviting and understandable, as well as helping readers to relate its truths to their own lives and contemporary culture.
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I literally use the tools he taught every time I read the Bible. I am now a Pastor and teach a class on How to Study the Bible. This book is invaluable!
Perhaps one of the strongest points of the book is its heavy involvement with concrete examples of application to the principles outlined in the chapters, something which other books on hermeneutics often leave to the abstract. Further, Lubeck is truly a BIBLICAL scholar, who, while not afraid to interact with other theories, is quite tenacious to never leave the reader without ample scripture to chew on as a basis of his thought. This is seems to be the obverse of many current trends of hermenuetic, which simply assume socio-critical or philosophical systems of inquiry (structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstructionism, feminism, reconstructionism, anglo-american post-modernity, all the forms of existential hermeneutics...) and seem to build their christian framework with a decidedly secular foundation.
This is not to say, of course, that all post-modern and/or modern theories need be rejected, for their are many useful ideas and theories that can be conversed with and adapted (rather than simply adopted) to aid in the understanding of the bible. This is one area that I found wanting in Dr. Lubecks book (though this deficit is not Dr. Lubecks fault, as this book was never inteded as a philosophical conversation with dominant post-modern themes) especially because I know Dr. Lubeck is very knowledgable on the topic. That said however, Dr. Lubeck does interact with several notables including Lindbeck, MacIntyre, Fish, and some of my favorite theologians in the area of hermenuetics Grant Osborn (author of the Hermeneutical Spiral) and Kevin Vanhoozer (most recently the author of The Drama of Doctrine)
Also, I was somewhat dissapointed that (being a Greek Major)that there were little to no references to the original languages. While I understand that this is an introductory text, which Dr. Lubeck was making accessible to everyone, I feel that their could have been some emphasis on fallacies or incorrect utilization of lexicons (for those unfamiliar with the languages) e.g. Barr's illigitmate totality transfer (the idea that all the various definitions of a word could be present in one instantiation) or, perhaps more commonly amongst evangelical circles, the root fallacy where we are led to beleive that the etymology of a word will give us the definition simply by "adding up" every combination of prefix or suffix (for example, the word ekballw means "to cast out," which is simple to deduce because it is a combo of "ek" which means "out," and the verb "ballw," which means "I Throw," but the word ekballw can also mean "to set down," which cannot be inferred from its two components, but must be understood in itself) But again, this book was simply not meant for that type of analyses.
Overall this is an excellent introduction to biblical interpetation, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking for clarity in a subject so often dominated by ambiguous shibboleths and often-impenetrable academic references to authors names without elaborating on their thought.
times of unrest, confusion and a lack of Bible teaching in the worldwide church. Dr. Lubeck's style allows the individual to take a serious look at their personal Bible reading "technique" and draw from it a new relationship with God. It is written in a vary understandable style with clear applications to one's everyday life. Get it now!Read the Bible for a Change: A Follower's Guide to Reading and Responding to the Bible